Sherryl did not feel well today, nausea and fatigue have returned. As she was told by one of the nurses, all side affects of chemotherapy are in full swing in the fifth month. She's disappointed to have to reschedule a lunch date with Uncle Donnie, our father's lifelong best friend. Hopefully the luncheon will be postponed by only a few weeks.
Despite the side affects, Sherryl is getting used to the routine that encompasses each chemotherapy session. She is given Benedryl by the nurses just before chemo begins, and she has grown to like very much the relaxation that ensues. A few weeks ago, a masseuse rounded through the cancer center offering massages to those who wanted them. This gesture of comfort is now a routine service on Sherryl's chemo days and she takes full advantage of it. She told us last night that she has a new addiction. "A bit of Benedryl and a massage go so hand in hand. I don't remember the last time I felt that relaxed. It was so very wonderful. I am one very, very relaxed chick tonight!"
On Thursday, Sherryl spent some time at Day Care and was then able to get together with a good friend. The nausea and fatigue began today, so she will rest this weekend.
This coming Wednesday is the last session of chemotherapy, then bone and CT scans are scheduled for the Monday and Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Early indicators point to Sherryl responding well to treatment; the results of the scans will reveal more details. If all goes as expected, the next phase in Sherryl's treatment plan is 6 weeks of radiation treatment. The start date for radiation treatment has not yet been determined, but we are all hopeful Sherryl will be able to fully enjoy the holiday season.
Let's all help Sherryl feel better by sending her good, soothing thoughts as we listen again to one of her favorite songs.